Behold, the eyes of the Lord
are on those who fear him,
who hope in his merciful love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.
Cf. Ps 32: 18-19
There are times – for some many times and long times – when we look anywhere but to the Lord. There are sadly times, and many times when the actions and attitudes of others can keep us from the Lord. And yet in it all the Lord looks to those who know and love him (the original sense of ‘fear’ in the psalm). And, surely, in his compassion he looks especially on those who (in our common sense) fear the Lord, who are so ‘lost’ or hurt, that they dare not approach, or know not even that they are invited to.
- Who do you know who is frightened?
- How might you extend to them the compassion of God?
- How does your parish reach out to those who experience themselves as marginalised in society, and by the Church?
- What are your fears? And who reaches out to you?
Altar at San Jeronimo, Granada, Spain. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.